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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter examines Victorian war poetry and considers how its form as well as its content enacts a divided attitude to war. It studies poetic theory as well as practice, discussing the poetry of Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, Tennyson, Hardy, Housman, Kipling and others. The chapter also considers how the protean figure of the soldier comes of age in Victorian culture and poetry, and attempts to make a case for the complexity of nineteenth-century imaginings of war.

Keywords: Victorian war poetry, Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, Tennyson, Hardy, Housman, Kipling, war, the solider

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